When we got the online order for Honeycomb Black & Ecru Cotton fabric from Judy we were super excited! Judy is the mother of Kristin, a Britex Fabrics’ employee, a photographer, and a roller skating fiend. We love helping our family create new items, and were wondering what Judy would sew from this sophisticated print. As it turns out, Judy was attracted to this because she loves anything that is black and white, and enclosed a photo including her cat Titus to prove her point. Judy used an older McCalls pattern, and happily reports that although the fabric is cotton, it does not wrinkle. She says, “There was an option for using a contrasting trim and belt – and luckily I had a piece of textured heavy cotton in my fabric stash and it was just the right amount. I lined the front and back – not the sleeves – and did not use muslin. I found I had a piece of ecru thin cotton lining fabric and I used it because it was soft and not as bulky. My stash finally paid off and I was able to use these fabric pieces that I had saved for a long time.” We love how the black trim and the simplicity of the kimono lines accentuates the geometric pattern of the fabric!
Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials
It seems like tissue knits are everywhere lately, and with good reason, they’re amazing for summer layering. They make a nice light layer for cool evenings or, if you’re in Chicago like I am, all these cool days we’re having lately. Tissue knits can be a bit intimidating, they’re so thin, wispy, and roll like crazy, so I’m here to show you how I work with them.
I was lucky enough to be able to make two tees in this amazing Japanese tissue knit, the first I went with these classic tomato and cream stripes and in the second I did a bit of color-blocking with this amazing neon yellow and charcoal grey. These knits are so light and airy, I couldn’t believe it. Serious dream town. In this tutorial I’m using my Hemlock Tee pattern which I created just for these tissue knits. You can download the pattern for free here at Grainline Studios.
It is a year filled with love for Cherie of you and mie and Hideko, as the legalization of same-sex marriages led to a swift and sweet trip to San Francisco’s beautiful gilded-topped City Hall, and they expect another child this fall. Cherie made her wedding frock from cotton eyelet, cotton shirting for lining, and silk ribbon for her sash…all from Britex Fabrics. We love how she incorporated the eyelet border along the hem and her soft butterfly sleeves! Psst…Cherie also made their daughter Yuki’s adorable dusty plum eyelet frock.
Hello, sailor! Priscilla designer and owner of BeBops: Custom swimwear design from Gulfport, Florida makes bespoke vintage style swim suits adorned with buttons from Britex Fabrics. This seaworthy style is suited for swingin’ gals everywhere, from the girl next door to pinup glamorpusses. We love the boy shorts style and the fact that she makes each suit to fit your unique measurements! As Pricilla says, “keep your toes in the SAND!”
Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. It will probably come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of vintage patterns. I adore reproductions, which are generally a little more forgiving because of the added markings and updated instructions, free of damage and strange smells. But there is something wonderful about working with a vintage pattern that is decades old. Some have written notes or postmarks, and even contain newspaper clippings, or facing pieces cut from newsprint. I love to imagine what the original purchaser had in mind when she picked out her pattern!
I chose a beautiful lightweight navy wool for this mail order pattern from the late 1940s. A classic fabric for a classic silhouette!
If the idea of working with a vintage pattern intimidates you, here are a few hints. Click here to read more »
Emily made this summertime frock from Britex Fabrics’ cotton from our 2nd floor. Her dress fabric is splashed with humongous baby pink and sand daisies, and accented with a delicate pink ribbon belt. Emily did a great job; we particularly like the gently pleated skirt and bodice shaping…and her pink and white spectator heels. Emily said, “I am honored to be on the Britex blog! I actually made this dress on my own without a pattern – I’m a self-taught sewer so I don’t use patterns too often. As for the occasion, I mainly made it just to have a fun 50′s inspired summer dress as I love and find much of my inspiration from the 1950′s. Just an extra tid-bit: there’s an attached pink tulle underskirt under the outer floral skirt .” We think this cries out for matching pink lemonade and strawberry frosted cupcakes!
Michele from Culpeper, Virginia visited Britex Fabrics with her Aunt Jan, stopping by our 2nd floor to buy an armful for cotton batiks for quilting. She commented, “I was very impressed at what a helpful, knowledgeable sales staff Britex employs. The wall hanging, “Savannah Road Lagoon”, is my own design. The king size quilt, “Savannah Swamp”, was created using the book Peeled Back Patchwork by Annette Ornelas (added outside border is my design). “ We love the watery and restful green and blue color scheme, and the water lily pad quilt top. The languid turtle wall hanging is Michele’s design; you can see more of Michele’s work at Sleepy Horse Quilting.
Local award winning advertising agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners decided to spontaneously celebrate an exuberant week of GLBT Pride by covering 66 large windows in their downtown office in a rainbow of colors! They wanted to accomplish this marathon of redecorating within three hours; Britex Fabrics and the ever sweetly effusive Greg on Britex Fabrics’ second floor were there to assist! Kristin says, “He was AMAZING. He helped me figure out how much fabric I needed, helped me find the most affordable and good looking options, and did it all in lightening fast time. He was also incredibly cheery and friendly the entire time. Greg went above and beyond, and I am happy to say I’ll be a loyal Britex customer for the rest of my life because of it.” What can we say….we’re pink tickled to be part of such a great community!
I’m excited to join Britex Fabrics as a guest blogger starting this summer. As a San Francisco native, I’ve been shopping at Britex ever since middle school – even before I could sew – and I also had my West Coast book launch party there last December.
In addition to being a fashion designer, I also teach sewing, patternmaking, and draping classes in New York and beyond. I often run across students who are intimidated to sew with silk (and I don’t blame them!). In my inaugural post, I’m going to share some tips on working with silk as I walk you through the process of creating one of my dress designs – a lightweight draped cocoon dress that works great for hot New York summers, but that can also be paired with opaque tights when the temperature drops. Click here to read more »
Karletta, San Francisco’s urbane grandmother and blogger supreme from The Urbane Grandmother, combined Liberty of London cotton lawn, little girls, and a McCalls sundress pattern. Liberty of London cotton lawn is ideal for so many garments, including heirloom quality children’s clothing, men’s dress shirts, pajamas, vintage-style frocks, and more. Liberty is great for travel, as it can be easily washed out in the sink, and dries quickly and nearly wrinkle-free! Britex carries a generous selection of Liberty of London cottons in our SF store; if you can’t make it into the store, utilize our handy Customized Swatch Service so that you can fondle and drool over these luscious fabrics for yourself!